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08KYIV285, UKRAINE/SUDAN: UKRAINIAN HELICOPTERS FOR UNAMID

February 5, 2008

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08KYIV285 2008-02-05 12:15 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #0285 0361215
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 051215Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4889
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0006
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0046
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 000285 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR IO, PM, EUR/UMB AND EUR/RPM 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/05/2018 
TAGS: PREL MARR KPKO SU UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE/SUDAN: UKRAINIAN HELICOPTERS FOR UNAMID 
 
REF: A. KYIV 158 
     B. STATE 6694 
     C. 07 KYIV 2720 
     D. 07 KYIV 2677 
     E. 07 KYIV 2515 
 
Classified By: Ambassador for reasons 1.4 (b,d). 
 
1. (C) Summary/recommendation: Ambassador continues to raise 
the urgency of the UN request for military helicopters to 
support the UN African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), most 
recently in separate February 4 meetings with DefMin 
Yekhanurov and FM Ohryzko.  Both officials stated the 
Ukrainian government is seriously considering ways to support 
UNAMID.  We recommend that U.S. officials continue to raise 
the issue at the highest levels as opportunities present 
themselves, but the most effective appeals could well come 
from continued UN engagement with Ukrainian counterparts.  We 
believe that the best USG approach to Ukraine is to continue 
to press for the transfer of assets currently deployed with 
the UN mission in Liberia to Darfur, as requested by the UN. 
However, even if the Government makes a decision to support 
UNAMID, Ukraine's parliament must still pass legislation to 
approve the deployment, suggesting that Ukraine may not be 
able to respond in time to meet UNAMID's immediate 
operational requirement.  (Note: The government has a 
razor-thin majority in Parliament and, until February 5, the 
opposition has prevented any parliamentary action by 
physically blocking the rostrum.)  End summary/recommendation. 
 
2. (C) During a February 4 meeting, Ambassador noted to 
Defense Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov that President Bush had 
raised the question of helicopters for Darfur, to include 
attack helicopters, at the end of his telephone conversation 
with Ukrainian President Yushchenko.  Ambassador said he 
understood the UN had proposed that, in light of the limited 
availability of Ukrainian military helicopters, Ukraine shift 
its helicopter unit from the operation in Liberia to the 
higher priority task of supporting UNAMID.  While the 
Ambassador was aware that such a shift would require the 
Ukrainian Parliament's eventual approval, he asked Yekhanurov 
to consider the option carefully. 
 
3. (C) Yekhanurov said the Ministry of Defense (MoD) had 
received a presidential order to review the situation 
regarding a Ukrainian contribution to Darfur.  In addition to 
responding to the presidential request, MoD would expand the 
potential of a private entity, Ukrainian Helicopter Company, 
by providing it the opportunity to lease additional military 
cargo helicopters to operate in Africa and Asia.  Ambassador 
noted that a necessary component of the Darfur operation was 
the support of military attack helicopters; Yekhanurov said 
he understood. 
 
4. (C) Ambassador also raised the issue with Foreign Minister 
Volodymyr Ohryzko during a separate meeting later on February 
4.  Ohryzko said he could not report any new developments, 
but noted again that Ukraine had provided civilian 
helicopters being used in Darfur.  He also acknowledged the 
possibility of transferring military helicopters, including 
attack helicopters, from Liberia to UNAMID, and pointed out 
the decision would require parliamentary approval. 
 
5. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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